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Napoli hire Gennaro Gattuso as manager a day after sacking Carlo Ancelotti

Gattuso was close to Ancelotti during his playing days at AC Milan

Former AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso was now manage Napoli. Reuters
Former AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso was now manage Napoli. Reuters

Former AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso was on Wednesday unveiled as Napoli coach, a day after the club sacked Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti, 60, lost his job less than four hours after Napoli defeated Genk 4-0 to progress to the last 16 of the Champions League – a result which ended their nine-match winless run.

Gattuso replaces his former coach; he spent a big chunk of his 13 years as a player for AC Milan under Ancelotti.

Napoli announced the news on social media with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis welcoming the former midfielder by writing: “Welcome Rino.”

Gattuso, 41, left Milan by at the end of last season after a fifth-place finish saw the Rossoneri miss out on Champions League football.

The former Italy and Milan midfielder was promoted from youth-team coach in 2017 to replace Vincenzo Montella and guided the team to sixth place in Serie A in his first season.

Ancelotti's dismissal followed a difficult two months in which his team went nine matches without a win in all competitions. Ancelotti also criticised a decision by de Laurentiis to confine the squad to a training-camp for a week. The players broke off the camp halfway through, refusing to stay in the hotel.

Updated: December 11, 2019 10:31 PM

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